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Discuss Special Interest topics - or begin your own community group

Our new discussion platform for IIC members is home to our Special Interest Communities - where you can talk in depth about specialist topics or emerging trends in conservation.

The site is at https://iiconservation-community.org/ If you are a member and have not received instructions for first login, please contact iic@iiconservation.org.

We are launching with four themes:

Authenticity & Ethics

Led by IIC Fellows Jonathan Ashley-Smith (focusing on ethics) and David Scott (authenticity) who will explore the current state of debate in the profession. They will also ask questions such as how we make judgements when forced to choose between preserving original material and the traditional appearance of objects.


IIC's Executive Director Sarah Stannage alongside notable figures from the profession including Debra Hess Norris from the University of Delaware, IIC's President Emeritus Sarah Staniforth and lecturer and faciltator in leadership Bob Norris, will be sharing insights and encouraging discussions with members on leadership. The community will explore changing ideas about what leadership looks like in the 21st century.

Conservation Data

Like every area of life, conservation is being transformed by the digital world and the insights of Big Data. At the same time, far too much knowledge is fragmented, inaccessible in institutions across the world. Athanasios Velios Reader in Documentation, University of the Arts London will be leading a discussion on how we can use data more effectively to the benefit of our projects and our profession.


Exploring the breadth of sustainable practice, this group will be championed by Caitlin Southwick.

A responsive approach, led by members' interests and needs

These groups will be shaped over time by members' changing interests and emerging new issues. If you have an idea for a Special Interest Community and would like to lead, either alone or with another member, you can submit a proposal to IIC at iic@iiconservation.org . Further details about setting up a Special Interest Community are available on the IIC Community Platform.

To gain full access to the new platform you will need to be a member of IIC. We will be issuing access details to members in early June 2019.  You can join IIC here  2019 - 20 membership, we will then send you the link to set up an account.

Getting started will only take only a few minutes - then explore topics, follow colleagues and join a conversation among conservators from New York to Beijing.


You can also contact us at iic@iiconservation.org for further information.